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Date of Award

Spring 1978

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology

Department

School of Theology • Seminary

Abstract

To present some of the political, economic and social alternatives facing the Puerto Rican people and the relationship these have to energy in Puerto Rico's process of decolonization. I will present these alternatives from three distinct, but interrelated, perspectives: the status options of Puerto Rico, its natural resources and the theological and ecclesial insights on which these alternatives stand. My attempt is based on the spirit of revelation and its theology.

These call forth my theological responsibility as a believer in assessing Puerto Rico's situation. These bring into focus one of the basic tasks of theology today, which is to show that Christianity cannot shirk its role amidst unjust situations, but that it can transform them, becoming truly historically effective.

Many of the elements which I present will be directed toward initiating the basis for a more critical awareness of the current U.S.- P.R. relations. I will also describe part of the present reality of a Puerto Rico at the crossroads as it strives toward a more humane energy future.

Thus this paper, The Case of Puerto Rico and its Energy Perspectives, is a faith reflection with the goal of interpreting how the Puerto Rican people, People of God, are existing in a colonized world.

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